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Valle Central, or Central Valley, is a large expanse of Chile that is one of the most significant wine producing regions in South America. It starts with the Maipo Valley around Santiago, all the way to the Maule Valley. There are many different types of terroirs and microclimates within it, as well as styles of viticulture from old school to modern. 
Valle Central is divided into four subregions, from north to south (and warmest to coolest):
*Maipo, the country’s most historic region, planted since the 16th century and home to the country’s oldest existing wineries. Closest to the capital Santiago.
*Rapel Valley, home to the famous Colchagua and Cachapoal subregions. 
*Curico Valley, pioneered in the 1970s by Miguel Torres and his disciples of modern viticulture.
*Maule Valley, one of the most prolific wine-producing regions in all of South America.
Most wines labeled as Central Valley or Valle Central can come from anywhere within these subregions Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most widely planted red variety in the world just a few years ago and may still be. It was also the most planted red grape in Spain, which still has like twice as much as anywhere else in the world. Relatively speaking they have even more Monastrell, but that's a different story.... Read More

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  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine Shop in Crystal City, Virginia.  This was a special tasting of wines from the Botalcura Winery in Santiago, Chile - special because the Winemaker Philippe Dubrus was there to introduce the wines.  That's me in a selfie with him below.  This winery has been featured b... Read More

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  • DM, let me start with your #2  Cult Napa Cabs.This thread got my curiosity going as to the most expensive Cali cabs - who they are and how much they cost. This is a wine-searcher article last updated this month showing the names and average bottle price over several vintages. Have to say that I have not had a taste of a single one of these wines... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • RBA, that shellfish platter looks amazing.  You would have had to roll me away after that. And one more thing - EMark, it's a screwcap!Yup, v v, that would have moved that wine way up on my list of favorites.  No corkscrew fiascoes (fiaschi?) with that one.The Mt. Eden designation really confused me on that wine, though.  I thought Mount Eden wa... Read More

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  • Didn't mention it in the Amador County thread, but on our return from ... ... ... the state routes through the Central Valley and down the Delta.  The route took us right through Clements, which is really the heart of Lodi wine country, and along the edge of the city of Lodi.  Here's a little map:Although Lodi is in the Central Valley, it's no... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Very good report, Fox. Added to my 'need to try' list...Have to admit ... ... around in that part of the Central Valley (yes the Sierrra Foothils would be an ameliorating influence though perhaps not quite enough) all day with Dino's 'Amore' in my mind I'm not sure what method I'd choose, but all lethal items might need to be kept from my rea... Read More

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  • We're even with the Golden Gate and we haven't had much rain at ... ... being out of the woods, and the Central Valley has been draining the aquifer so quickly land is sinking, which will make it harder to refill the water table.  It's a huge mess.  I did notice as I drove through the Salinas Valley that the summer crops--lettuce, broccoli, ca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Vineyards and Winery...

  • I'm finally getting around to this.  Last week we spent a few days in the Central Coast.  I wanted to do a little wine tasting, and we headed over to Edna Valley.  For some reason Edna Valley seems to be the least appreciated AVA in the Central Coast region. I really don't get it.  There are several wineries there that offer terrific products at... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A 3-Hour Edna Valley Tour

  • I said it a while ago to JD:  No golf courses that require artificial ... ... desert. Also, rice in the central valley.  Who thought of that?  Crazy. Now, back to the regularly scheduled thread.&nbs Read More

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  • Just returned from a quick trip to the Central Coast.  Visited Talley and Wolff in the Edna Valley.  Bought these:Talley Vineyards-- 2013 Bishop's Peak SLO County Pinot Noir-- 2013 Bishop's Peak Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc-- 2013 Bishop's Peak SLO County Chardonnay-- 2012 Bishop's Peak Paso Robles "Elevation" (Bordeaux Blend)-- 2013 Oliver's Vin... Read More

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